Hi everyone - thanks so much for your kind and considered advice! To clarify - I use the optical output of the Chromecast Audio, connected to the Marantz PM6005's internal DAC, which is considered decent though could no doubt be bettered by a good quality external DAC. I've read so many conflicting reports on the internet about the difference upgrading to a 'proper' streamer (e.g. Bluesound or Cambridge CXN) would make SQ-wise over the CCA, which is confusing. Functionally, I have little need for high-res capability over 24/96 and don't care much about gapless playback, so I'd only upgrade if there was a clear SQ rationale? I do really like the sound of my system - I suppose I'm mostly curious as to whether I can improve realism and detail retrieval and not sure whether to try improving the streamer/DAC/amp as a first priority? I will definitely consider second-hand as @DomTsuggests. I like the Creek sound and would definitely consider the 50A, whilst I do really like valve amplification also. I had a cheap Chinese tube amp (Yaqin 6v6) for years, which I loved. The only problem is that somehow when it was running it really impacted my asthma - not sure whether it was the heat/dust or something else? Very strange - anyway, it put me off valves for a while. But those Line Magnetics look really interesting @Ceko & @pmcuk! Thanks!
Hi folks, My system is as below. I listen in a medium-sized room (20ft x 15ft, 12ft ceilings) and mostly am driven by detail and realism in tone/timbre. I listen to folk, jazz and modern instrumental music mostly. I predominantly find myself streaming via Qobuz and am wondering about the best upgrade path for digital? Should I prioritise a DAC (£500 budget, e.g. SMSL SU-8 or Chord Mojo) or a new amplifier with built in DAC (similar budget, maybe up to £750, e.g. Audiolab 6000A?). Any advice much appreciated! Thanks, Gregor. Project debut III/Nagaoka MP-110/Graham Slee Gram Amp 2 Marantz CD6005 Chromecast Audio/Qobuz Topping L30 Marantz PM6005 Tannoy Revolution XT6F Wharfedale SW150.
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